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Ocean Wave (Schooner), aground, 1 Dec 1886

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The Ocean Wave
      Lying in the Sand at Port Ontario - The Captain¹s Statement.
Pulaski, Dec. 3. - The schooner Ocean Wave came ashore opposite the old light house at Port Ontario about 2:30 o¹clock this afternoon. She is a small fore and aft vessel with 5,000 bushels of barley, for Oswego. Her crew are as follows: Captain, Wm. Martin; mate, Albert Palmater; seamen, John Pierce, Mark Hare, Robert Mordaunt, George Pierce, a boy cook. The Captain makes the following statement:
"We left Wellington, Ont., yesterday morning but owing to the storm were forced to seek Willard's bay for shelter. We left Willard¹s bay at 10 o¹clock in the evening on account of ice forming so fast in the bay. The weather was fine until near morning when it came on so thick we could not make out any land. We came past Oswego without observing it.
"We drifted into Mexico bay, not knowing where we were. We could have kept out a little longer but thought best to go ashore before dark as the chances of saving our lives would be better. As soon as the vessel struck we attempted to reach the land in our small boat but were capsized almost immediately and had great difficulty in reaching the shore. The vessel and men were coated with ice and we suffered greatly."
The captain and his men received all the needed assistance after reaching shore, and are comfortably quartered awaiting assistance from Oswego. Should the weather be calm and attempt will be made to get the schooner off, as she lies easy in the sand broadside on. In cutting the frozen clothing from the sailors a young man named Bunn had his hand severely cut, almost severing it at the wrist.
      Oswego Times and Express
      Fridy, Dec. 3, 1886

      The Ocean Wave Ashore
      Abandoned by the Crew off Port Ontario. The Vessel Becomes Unmanageable on Account of the Ice.
      The Crew Escape in the Boat and Get Ashore.
Pulaski, Dec. 4. - Yesterday afternoon the schooner Ocean Wave left Wellington with 5,000 bushels of barley consigned to Gaylord, Downey & Co. of Oswego. The crew consisted of Captain Martin, Mate Parmiter, and Seamen Pierce, Hare, Mordaunt and a boy 14 years of age named George Pierce.
Yesterday they sighted the lighthouse at Port Ontario and thought it was Sodus. Seeing that the schooner must go ashore they took the small boat and got ashore.
The sails and rigging of the schooner were so encrusted with ice that she had become entirely unmanageable. All the efforts of the crew could not move the sails. None on board the Ocean Wave recognized the shore when they sighted it. In reaching the shore the boat was swamped but with the assistance of the people on shore they were brought safely to land.
The schooner went on the beach shortly after the crew escaped. She lies easily and is apparently unhurt and if the cargo can be got out may be released. Captain Ripsom and other sailor residents in Pulaski went down to Port Ontario yesterday and assisted as far as they were able.
      Oswego Times and Express
      Saturday, Dec. 4, 1886


On Monday, December 6, 1886 the schooner OCEAN WAVE, which went ashore near Port Ontario a few days ago, has been stripped of her canvas and rigging and will be hauled out on the shore for the Winter About 2,500 bushels of her cargo have been taken out dry and the rest will be saved. The schooner COMANCHE, ashore at Point Peninsula, is reported to be lying on a gravelly bottom and as far as can be ascertained is in pretty good condition. It is thought she can be got off and repaired, leaving her good for several years of service.The propeller MYLES, which sank in Kingston Harbor several weeks ago, still lies on the bottom. Something over $5,300 has been expended in the effort to raise her and nothing further will be done until ice forms in the harbor of sufficient thickness to allow working upon it. The vessel has been badly broken up by the late storm.
      Watertown Daily Times
      December 14, 1886.

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.56674 Longitude: -76.18798
William R. McNeil
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Ocean Wave (Schooner), aground, 1 Dec 1886